Earlier today the Carolina Panthers signed yet another veteran Corner Back to their roster. Former Chicago Bears Corner Back D.J. Moore was signed to the Panthers for a one year deal, the specifics of the deal are unknown but I would expect the contract to be similar to the contract Drayton Florence signed earlier in the month.
Moore was reported to have been in Charlotte yesterday, but it was unconfirmed until Moore himself confirmed his new contract via twitter, stating, “Just sign 1 year deal with the panthers. Thanks for the support again bear fans an will miss you. An to panthers fan I’m about to go get it.”
Though I said he was a veteran, which he is, he only has four years of experience in the league, which makes him a veteran compared to the other Corner Backs on the current roster. Moore was drafted out of Vanderbilt in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL draft. He has recorded ten interceptions in his four years with the Chicago Bears and one forced fumble. He played second fiddle for most of his career as a Chicago Bear, playing back up to Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. However, he is a formidable Corner Back and the Bears will have lost a lot of depth with Carolina’s acquisition of D.J. Moore.
As a Panther fan, I do have to take this as a bad sign for Captain Munnerlyn, who has been reportedly looking at other offers, even though the Panthers have offered Munnerlyn a slightly better contract than he did for the past few years. The specifics of the contract have allegedly been leaked by Charlotte Observer writer Joe Person. The Panthers have approached Munnerlyn with an unsatisfactory offer of 5 million dollars over 3 years.
I view the pickups of Moore and Florence as more of an insult to Munnerlyn. Added with the contract offer that provided a very small bump in his pay, this was basically the nail in the coffin that was Captain Munnerlyn’s career with the Carolina Panthers. Hopefully this bodes well for Josh Norman, who is coming into his second season as a Panther. Moore and Florence are currently the best corners on the team, but I think with more development and the intelligence given to him from Moore and Florence, Norman could be one of the premier Corner Backs in the league. I see that much potential in him. I expect to see a huge boost in our Corner Backs thanks to the two new acquisitions.
Those are my views on the subject, but are your thoughts, as the reader? Please leave them in the comments section below.